APIC and Direct Education Worldwide Launch COVID SMART™ COVID-19 Workplace Education Program

APIC Contact: Liz Garman, egarman@apic.org

Leading global infection prevention and control organization aligns with first interactive COVID safety training designed to help businesses reopen safely

Arlington, Va./Los Angeles, Ca., August 25, 2020 – To help businesses and communities adopt healthy practices to protect employees and the public from COVID-19, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Direct Education Worldwide (DEW) today announced the launch of COVID SMART™, an interactive safety training program for workplaces.

COVID SMART’s U.S. efforts began in July, and it is being piloted with Southern California businesses and child nutrition professionals at a school district in Phoenix, Arizona. The program was originally launched and is currently in use and highly successful in Australia.

COVID SMART teaches and tests knowledge of COVID-19 and basic infection prevention measures through short online modules and animated videos. The program will be distributed primarily to non-healthcare workplaces to ensure that schools, commercial offices, government agencies, retail stores, shopping centers, factories, and processing plants are ‘COVID Smart.’  Those who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of completion.

“APIC is pleased to partner on this innovative educational program,” said 2020 APIC President Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC. “APIC has long been a leader in preventing infections in hospitals and healthcare facilities. With COVID SMART™, we have the opportunity to share that safety training expertise with the broader community so that businesses and other establishments can reopen safely.”

DEW developed the content with clinical input and oversight from APIC. APIC will update the modules periodically to ensure accuracy as more is learned about the spread of COVID-19.

“To restart the economy, consumers and employees need unambiguous reassurance that business establishments are committed to public health and safety,” said Robert Tercek, CEO of DEW. “Our partnership with APIC provides businesses of every size a way to teach best practices to reduce the risks and instill consumer confidence.”

Modular in structure for easy customization by industry or business, the COVID SMART program is intended for workers at all levels. It is currently available in English and Spanish with more languages in development. Visit https://GoToWorkSmart.com to learn more.

About the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC):

APIC is creating a safer world through the prevention of infection. APIC’s nearly 16,000 members develop and direct infection prevention and control programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, education, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit us at apic.org. APIC also offers APIC Consulting Services, a for-profit and full-service consulting firm that works with companies, organizations, and healthcare facilities to develop and implement effective healthcare-associated infection reduction strategies and practices. To learn more visit: https://www.apicconsulting.com/.

About Direct Education Worldwide, Inc. (DEW):

DEW is committed to providing high quality information as a low-cost and accessible alternative to tangible goods and expensive services that promote well-being and prosperity. Founded in 2020 by pioneers in digital media and online services, DEW provides educational programs and content directly to individuals, corporations, and large organizations.  Visit us at https://DirectEducationNow.com.   

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